INEC chairman is working for Wike – Amaechi

Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi

The Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has accused the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, of working for the Rivers State Governor, Nyeson Wike, over the crisis that the All Progressives Congress is facing in the state.
After various court judgements on the matter, the Supreme Court has ruled that the party cannot present any candidate for election in Rivers.

But speaking on the matter onThursday, AMaechi, who is also the Director General of Buhari/Osinbajo Re-election Campaign Organisation, accused Yakubu of working for Wike.
According to him, the INEC chairman was the director of TETFUND when Wike was the minister of education.
Amaechi told reporters in his Port Harcourt Home, “I know that everybody has been expecting me to talk on the court cases, but I will not because I am just a member of the party (APC). The party chairman has already said that INEC is working for the PDP. An example that INEC is working for the PDP is a fact that there is a stay of execution granted by the Court of Appeal (in Port Harcourt), just because the INEC Chairman was Director of TETFUND (Tertiary Education Trust Fund) under Wike as Minister of State for Education, he now decided to adhere to the court order to implement and the one not to implement.
“Obviously, he (INEC chairman) is trying to assist Wike to become a second term governor without an election. We understand his game, but we believe in the judiciary. You heard the President (Muhammadu Buhari) when he said that the injustice will be addressed. We will deal with the justice and not the judgment.
“I listened to our governor (Wike) when he spoke (in yesterday’s broadcast) about violence. I do not like violence, because if you kill somebody, you cannot replace the life. APC has just lost 15 persons (to stampede at Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, after Buhari’s presidential rally on Tuesday) and I was touring people’s houses and trying to identify with their pains.
“When former President Goodluck Jonathan came for campaign here (in Port Harcourt) and 23 people died, I saw them eating lunch. Persons have gone, whether for good or for bad, they will never come back. I will never support violence and I will never support injustice.
“We are going out on Saturday to vote for President Buhari. If INEC decides to obey the stay of execution, then we will arrange for election on Saturday. But since the INEC chairman is working for the PDP and since he does not want to obey the court decisions, he was a director of TETFUND, when Wike was a junior minister, so be it. God bless him.”

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